Mastopexy or Breast Lift Surgery in Costa Rica

About This Plastic Surgery Procedure

Mastopexy or breast lift is not a simple operation. The fall is probably the most common breast deformation in women, however, mastopexy, consists of removing excess tissue, especially skin.

Optimal Candidates for This Procedure

Many times, mastopexy is considered by women who have had children, since pregnancy, and lactation causes the skin to stretch and has less volume inside. And also those with loose or weak skin due to aging and gravity forces.

The best candidates for this surgery are those with a small and ptotic breast, as they also are candidates for breast implant. However, breast lift can be performed in breasts of any size.


In this surgery, the nipple areola complex will be moved or shifted up and left in an ideal position or suitable for the patient.

There are different techniques that can be used depending on the size, shape and degree of fall of the breasts (ptosis) is distinguished by the resulting scars after surgery. Next, these techniques are described:

Mild ptosis: You can use a cut in crescent-shaped top that allows a minimum rising; this technique is used only when the degree of fall of the breast is very little and the size of the areola is adequate. It is more likely to use when combined with the use of implants as these help to fill the bag skin, helping to lift the breast.

Likewise, it can perform an incision around the areola type “donut” (periareolar), allowing to resize an aesthetically suitable diameter. Removing a strip of skin and a circumferential suture is made in the form of snuff bag to reduce the excess skin. Similarly, as the crescent technique, in these cases the use of implants helps to increase the lift.

Moderate ptosis: : in these cases is indicated periareolar incision technique and vertically, which is resize the nipple areola complex and perform a skin removal a bit more extensive, resulting in a scar around the areola and a scar vertical. Initially, the vertical scar can be a bit wrinkled or creased and it is possible that the shape of the breast is not completely normal at first, however, the scar flattens and the breasts reach their proper shape after about 3 to 4 months. Has the advantage that avoids wide horizontal scar. This technique also can be combined with the use of breast implants to increase breast volume.

Severe Ptosis: in these cases, you must use a technique that involves placing scars around the nipple areola complex, vertically on the lower pole of the breast and horizontally along the inframammary crease. The result is an anchor-shaped scar or inverted T.



  • After surgery is normal to have lots of bruises.
  • The breasts will be swollen and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain is not severe.
  • You must use a special bra that gives support 24 hours a day for 3 to 4 weeks, and a gauze pad or micropore ® so there is no rubbing or friction points directly to the wound with dressing.
  • Surgery can leave the skin of the breast too dry, so that you can apply a moisturizer to skin several times a day.
  • You will experience loss of sensation in the nipple and skin of the breast. This loss of sensitivity disappears when temporarily or permanently cedes inflammation.
  • Avoid heavy lifting on the level of the head at least 3 or 4 weeks.
  • Bleeding and infections usually never happen if you avoid the blows, weights, lifting the arms above the shoulders and if kept clean surgical wound in the breast.


Complications are infrequent and usually minor, although no surgical procedure is without risk. Possible risks include bleeding, infection, temporary or permanent loss of sensation, visible irregularities in the skin, asymmetry, and the accumulation of fluid under the skin, which may need to be drained by aspiration or other surgical procedure.


Women who perform breast augmentation and mastopexy at the same time found that the results are more durable, since it increases the projection. Otherwise the duration of breast lift will depend on pregnancy, weight fluctuations and gravity.

Women usually feel really satisfied despite visible scars.